The Softer Side of Mitt: "I Love Ann" Photo

September 27, 2012 at 10:33 am (Ann Davies, Ann Romney, I Love Ann, Love, Mitt Romney, Romance)

With the Obama administration, and by extension the media, trying to portray Romney as some sort of evil, greedy, corporate raider, who murders people’s wives, it’s not very often you get to see the human side of Mitt.  But here you go.

Via Time:

Before there was Romney the presidential candidate, there was Romney the romantic. In this week’s cover story, Jon Meacham looks at how Romney’s identity was shaped by his Mormon roots. To illustrate this formative time in the presidential candidate’s life, we turned to a surprising photo found in the archives that shows the rarely-seen personal side of the candidate.

On a recent cover shoot I asked Romney about the image and found out that around 1968, while serving as a Mormon missionary in France, a young Mitt made several photographs with the help of his LDS friends. He described how the photo was taken,  explaining that it was playfully staged for his high school girlfriend and soon-to-be wife, Ann Davies. Romney revealed that the photo is actually one of a series made during his time abroad.

Somebody cue up the ‘Hey girl, it’s Mitt Romney’ Tumblr page.

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Yahoo News Chief Caught Saying Romneys "Happy to Have a Party When Black People Drown" Update: Fired!

August 29, 2012 at 1:05 pm (ABC News, Ann Romney, Black People Drown, David Chalian, Mitt Romney, Racism, Republican National Convention, Tampa, Washington, Yahoo)

This is the prevailing attitude of your modern mainstream media.  Presented without much commentary, as it pretty much speaks for itself.

Via NewsBusters:

During live coverage of the Republican National Convention here in Tampa, Yahoo News Washington bureau chief David Chalian provided the perfect example of the pervasive anti-Republican bias Mitt Romney faces in his bid to unseat President Barack Obama.

In video broadcast Monday night by ABC and Yahoo over the Internet, Chalian can be heard claiming that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann are unconcerned about the fate of residents of the New Orleans area who are currently being hit by Hurricane Isaac.

“They aren’t concerned at all,” Chalian can be heard on the live broadcast. “They are happy to have a party when black people drown.”

That line elicits laughter from several employees listening in on the joke.

Well that didn’t take long.  Chalian has been fired effective immediately.
Politico reports:  

“David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!.  He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.”

I’m certain there’s an opening for him at MSNBC. 

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Democrats Forced to Apologize to Ann Romney For Offensive Horse Videos

July 19, 2012 at 7:00 am (Ann Romney, Brad Woodhouse, Democrats, DNC, Dressage, Horse, Lawrence O'Donnell, Mitt Romney, MS, MSNBC, Multiple Sclerosis, Therapy)

The Democratic National Committee has had to apologize for stooping to the level of lowly MSNBC hosts, producing a series of mocking ads featuring the Romneys’ expensive sport-horse.  The horse is used by Ann Romney as a form of therapy for her multiple sclerosis.

Even as late as last night, the DNC was defending the ads as an attack on Mitt Romney and not his wife.  One spokeswoman for the Democrats said:

“One of Mitt Romney’s hobbies and investments is his dressage horse. And, like his horse, Mitt Romney continues to dance around the issues, from answering why he’s invested in known foreign tax havens or trying to rewrite his position on letting Detroit go bankrupt.”

It’s not like they lacked the knowledge that the horse has been used by Ann Romney as a form of therapy for MS, since MSNBC host Lawrence O”Donnell embarrassed himself last month by mocking Mrs. Romney for the very same thing.  Is the DNC now getting their talking points from one of the most biased and fact-challenged networks in the history of mainstream media?

Perhaps, but for now the Democrats have been forced to apologize.

Via ABC News:

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now the Democratic National Committee is offering an apology of sorts to Ann Romney.

At issue is a DNC video featuring footage of Ann Romney’s dancing show horse. The DNC used the horse in mocking way to attack Mitt Romney for not releasing his tax returns (and dancing around the issue).

The DNC introduced the video as the first in a series of videos featuring the horse, which is owned jointly by Ann and Mitt Romney.

Ann Romney, who trains with show horses as part of her therapy for multiple sclerosis, took offense in an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America,” and now the DNC is saying it will put out no more horse videos, and is expressing regret for offending Ann Romney.

“Our use of the Romneys’ dressage horse was not meant to offend Mrs. Romney in any way, and we regret it if it did,” DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse told ABC News. “We were simply making a point about Governor Romney’s failure to give straight answers on a variety of issues in this race. We have no plans to invoke the horse any further to avoid misinterpretation.”

This is already a brutal campaign, but the Obamas have long said families are off limits. Apparently somebody high up reminded the DNC of that.

Doubtful.  While the Obamas have claimed families are off limits, they have relentlessly invoked images and stories of their daughters to push their agenda throughout the campaign.  More likely, just as MSNBC had done, the DNC didn’t properly do a background check on the Romney’s use of the dressage horse, jumping at a chance to mock Mitt as being a rich horse owner.

Any chance to gin up a little class warfare, even if it involves mocking people for their chosen method of therapy for a dreaded disease.

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DNC Now Conducting a War on Stay At Home Moms

April 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm (Ann Romney, David Axelrod, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hilary Rosen, Jim Messina, Mitt Romney, Stay at Home Mom, War on Women)

A DNC adviser and strategist, Hilary Rosen, is under fire for criticizing Ann Romney as having “never worked a day in her life”.  

Apparently raising five children doesn’t constitute a real job to Ms. Rosen.

Via ABC News:

Ann Romney’s debut on Twitter couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

Ann’s first tweet came just moments after Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen lobbed an insult at Ann Romney, suggesting that the 64-year-old mother of five and grandmother of 16 had never held a job.

“Guess what, his wife has actually never worked a day in her life,” said Rosen, who was being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the “war on women.”

That’s when Ann herself chimed in …

And then, just like that, a familiar name popped up on Twitter: @AnnDRomney.

“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” Ann tweeted.

Democrats then proceeded to toss Rosen under the bus for ruining their War on Women lie by – attacking a woman…

“I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a tweet.

Top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod also tweeted his disapproval: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”

Read the rest here…

UPDATE:  Rosen has apologized…

Via CNN:

Hilary Rosen offered an apology Thursday after her comments about Ann Romney sparked an uproar and a debate over women and the economy.
“I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended,” Rosen, a top Democratic strategist and CNN contributor, said in a statement. “Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”

The most interesting part of that apology?  The admission that the War on Women is a fabricated lie.

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Robert De Niro: "Too Soon" For a "White First Lady"

March 20, 2012 at 9:00 am (Ann Romney, Ben Stiller, Beyonce, Callista Gingrich, First Lady, Fockers, Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood, Karen Santorum, Michelle Obama, President Obama, Robert De Niro, Star Jones, Tina Knowles, Whoopi Goldberg)

Stupid focker…

Hollywood elitists yucked it up at a fundraiser for the 1%, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, complete with ‘white first lady’ jokes.  It goes without saying that had this been reversed, and guests had joked about another ‘black first lady’, chaos would have ensued.  But such is the case of the race card in America these days – it can be laughed off, as long as you’re a liberal.
Via Politico:
Actor Robert De Niro thrilled the crowd at a New York fundraiser headlined by first lady Michelle Obama when he listed the alternatives.
“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?” De Niro asked a star-studded crowd gathered in the backroom of Locanda Verde, a restaurant he owns on Greenwich Street in TriBeCa.
Someone in the crowd shouted, “No!” as De Niro quickly added, “Too soon, right?”
Celebrities including Beyonce, her mother Tina Knowles, Star Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Angela Bassett and Ben Stiller were spotted by the pool reporter at the 85-person event, where tickets started at $5,000 per person, benefiting the Obama Victory Fund. Film producer Harvey Weinstein, a bundler who’s brought in more than $500,000 in donation and was a guest at last week’s White House state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron, was also spotted at the event.

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Poll Results: Karen Santorum Would Make a Better First Lady

February 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm (Ann Romney, Callista Gingrich, Carol Wells, First Lady, Karen Santorum, Michelle Obama, Poll)

Mental Recession readers have voiced their opinion on the ideal choice to serve as First Lady, and the winner is Karen Santorum.

We asked:

Who would make a better First Lady?

  • Karen Santorum – 44%
  • Michelle Obama – 20%
  • Ann Romney – 17%
  • Callista Gingrich – 10%
  • Carol Wells (Paul) – 6%

Thanks to all who voted!

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